Angelinos, if slaving over a hot oven to make a Thanksgiving feast at home isn’t your idea of a festive holiday, don’t worry. No one needs to tell you there are hundreds of places to dine out on Thanksgiving Day or pick up a precooked meal that tastes like it’s straight out of Mom’s kitchen (or maybe even better).
We rounded up a few of them in a blog post this time last year. As expected, some are no longer around, and new ones have popped to take their place. Here are a few that are still going strong, plus new additions to the scene, as well as some classics that just seem to get more popular with time.
If you’re planning to dine in or carry out this Thanksgiving, be sure to call ahead to make a reservation or place your order. The earlier you plan, the sooner you’ll be chowing down.
Geoffrey’s Malibu – An ocean-view dining resort/hotel/watering hole to the stars for decades, designed by world-famous architect Richard Neutra.
The Queen Mary – Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch or dinner with a true royal overlooking the Pacific in Long Beach.
Akasha – The California and New American cuisine is sustainable even on Thanksgiving at this haute spot in the renovated historic Hull Building in downtown Culver City.
The Bazaar – From smoking cocktails to spherified olives, The Bazaar offers a magical dining experience from James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés’ in a fanciful, modern Beverly Hills piazza.
Bouchon – Dine in Beverly Hills style or take your gourmet, quintessential bistro-fare meal to go from chef Thomas Keller’s acclaimed kitchen.
Craft – Organic free-range turkey is just one of six main courses for Thanksgiving in this exquisite, 10,000 square-foot Century City space that includes a dining veranda overlooking a four-acre park.
Tavern – This glamourous Westside restaurant will serve your Thanksgiving meal at their place, or you can pick it up to take home. You can even order online before 5 p.m. Nov. 22.
Mélisse – Your taste buds will thank you for Thanksgiving at Zagat’s No. 1-rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 2003 (it’s actually in Santa Monica, but why quibble?).
Fig – A seasonal bistro with an emphasis on organically grown and locally sourced ingredients, Santa Monica’s Fig will serve up its unique take on traditional holiday fare on Thanksgiving Day.
Café Pinot – Dine in downtown L.A. in a beautiful garden setting with floor-to-ceiling windows, where California French-inspired cuisine meets an impressive metropolitan skyline view of the city.
Clifton’s – Recently revitalized after 80 years in the same downtown spot, Clifton’s is five stories of cafeterias, bars and restaurants “crammed as full as a curiosity cabinet with artifacts.” Help yourself to the turkey and all the trimmings that are always on the menu at this L.A. institution, soon to go 24/7 to accommodate the crowds.
The Original Pantry Café – On the busiest day of the year, lines form early for the Thanksgiving meal served by bowtie-clad waiters from 11 .a.m. until the turkey runs out. There’s only 84 seats in this time-warped downtown café established in 1924, which feeds up to 2,200 devoted diners 24/7. No RSVPs, and no locks on the doors because the joint has never closed (except one day for minor renovations).
Pacific Dining Car – Pretend you’re riding down the rails in the café car at the downtown or Santa Monica locations of this 24/7 establishment. RSVPs suggested for the three-course Thanksgiving feast.
Canter’s – Thanksgiving dinner is served anytime, every day for $14.95 at L.A.’s best-known classic deli, opened in 1931. Want to toast the holiday while listening to local bands? The attached Kibitz Room cocktail lounge has hosted jams by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Rick James, and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You never know who might show up on stage – or at what hour of the day or night.
Now that you know where to get your holiday meal, do you know where you’ll be napping it off next Thanksgiving? One of our agents can help you find the perfect home for your future Thanksgiving festivities.
Updated November 12, 2015